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The accountant and Al Capone

The story of how forensic accounting brought down one of America’s most famous Gangsters Al Capone famously said that “you can get more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone”. But when it came to catching him, all it took was diligent and skilled forensic accounting, explains Tristan Yelland.

Investigations: new forensic accounting podcast

This Investigations podcast series looks at the complex role of the forensic accounting investigator. Grant Thornton speaks to prominent investigators who have grappled with a variety of situations to understand the key lessons they’ve learned, what propelled them to be where they are today and the advice they’d pass on to their younger selves.

Duty to report under Article 74 FinIA – planning tool for FINMA or (maybe) more?

FinIA has consolidated the authorisation regime for all financial institutions (except for banks which remain to be regulated under the Banking Act) and has extended this regime to independent asset managers and trustees. Even though the new law provides for a smooth transitional period enabling financial institutions to cope with the new regulation, asset managers and trustees now falling under the new regime are or have been required to file a report with the Swiss regulator FINMA. This article outlines the duty to report and its consequences.

Reducing UK emissions: 2020 progress report to Parliament

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 report to Parliament calls on the government to redouble its efforts and expands on its May 2020 advice to the Prime Minister in which it set out the principles for building a resilient recovery. The report highlights five clear investment priorities.


Sour grapes over vineyard

A planning dispute is heading back to court on 14 June. A couple from Shropshire who run the “Roman Vineyard” at Wroxeter, on the site of an old Roman vineyard, are challenging the view of their local authority and the Environment Secretary that they need additional planning consent if they want to sell wine grown […]

Show evidence of RUC's guilt

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. THE MURDER of Rosemary Nelson was wicked and tragic. It was unfortunate, therefore, that you should accuse the Royal Ulster Constabulary of harassment without providing evidence to support the allegation (The Lawyer, 22 March). […]

Scuffle of the week

The Lord Chancellor stands accused of sexism, racism and cronyism over the appointment of his old buddy Garry Hart (pictured right) as his special adviser. South Croydon Employment Tribunal heard last week that Derry Irvine, a member of the all-male Garrick club, allegedly chose to live in a world dominated by white men and had […]

In brief: Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co’s head of energy has had his attempt to rescue debt-ridden Premier Oil rejected by the board. Despite the blow, Peter Felter says his rescue team will continue in its campaign to implement a new board.

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

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